Hell In A Bucket, Friend Of The Devil, Walkin' Blues, Cold Rain & Snow, Mama Tried, Maggie's Farm, Cassidy, Stander on the Mountain Victim Or The Crime-> Touch Of Gray, Playin' In The Band-> Dark Star-> Drums-> Dark Star-> Playin' In The Band-> Standing On the Moon*-> Wharf Rat-> Throwing Stones-> Not Fade Away, E: U.S. Blues
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December 13, 2016 Subject:
My Last Grateful Dead Gig
I was there... The first set was good but kind of petered out with 'Stander...'; it would have been nice had they gone on to end the set with 'Let It Grow' or 'Deal' or a similar rocker.
I agree with the comments about Jerry's voice. He knew it was rough, he shook his head sadly at one point in 'Touch of Grey' after croaking out one line.
It was good to have a 'Dark Star', I didn't expect that.
The piano improvisation was a nice, unexpected surprise: the real 'Space' took place after 'Dark Star' verse two, quite scary as well, I had no idea where it was going, and I doubt if anyone else did.
The intro to 'Wharf Rat' is fascinating, starting off with 'Standing on the Moon', then going into 'Wharf Rat'. That's one of the things I liked about the Dead, the unexpected twists and turns: what other band could do that?
'US Blues' was severely bungled. At the end, Jerry waved sheepishly to us and walked quickly off the stage as if he was a bit embarrassed by it.
I, and no doubt everyone else there, were not to know that this was the Dead's last Europe gig. There's a bit of a bittersweet feeling for me listening to this 26 years later.
November 2, 2015 Subject:
A couple of notes here - however, the previous night, 10/31, is probably the one you want to represent the Europe '90 tour.
Set 1 is rather shrug-your-shoulders but Stander on the Mountain - is an absolutely irresistible song. The first time I heard it I couldn't get it out of my head, and I mean in a good way! It's a real shame the band didn't develop this song more; I think this could have been Bruce's "Blow Away", and as a set-closer it here is *almost* there - anyone know of a version of this song that really hit a stride? They didn't play it very much.
Set 2: The Playin' > Dark Star > Drums > Space > Dark Star > Playin' suite has a lot to perk up your ears - pre-drums isn't particularly astounding, but I wanted to comment on the Bruce-led Silver Apples of the Moon, as Robert Hunter labeled this on "Infrared Roses.
The title comes from a WB Yeats poem called "The Song of the Wandering Aengus" (http://www.poemtree.com/poems/SongOfWanderingAengus.htm) - but I was more interested in the absolute and total eclipse of that line's psychedelic nature...just picture the imagery - really, Hunter wants to place those Space jams in a spacial context for us with titles like that - we often get so many Space jams it's easy to forget *that world* the Dead operated from.
The Dark Star coming out of Bruce's gentle apple-picking evocation is a dazzling array of insanity - check this out! They close the set in a standard sort of way. Overall a good show, adequate, but whatevs. There's a new matrix I actually prefer these days.
September 7, 2012 Subject:
Another correction .....
Sorry, but to the previous reviewer ..... the Barcelona show was 1981. I know 'cos I was at it - Oct 19 I believe). The Wembley '90 was definitely the last of the tour.
As for the Wembley show, this was excellent. My favourite of the tour (I'd seen the Zenith shows also).
September 2, 2009 Subject:
These were pretty nice shows. Better than the shows was the great Indian food we ate in London each early evening before we got on the train for Wembly. The trains stop at something like 10:30 and a bunch of Americans got stranded out there. The next night they scheduled some later trains and everyone got home safely. Guess the Brits didn't care for a few hundred stoned Americans running amuck 20 miles outside town! I need to correct another post here. This was NOT the last show of that tour. The band went on to Barcelona from here.
April 23, 2008 Subject:
some good, some not
The boys show up tonight, but Jerry is noticeably a bit tired. The first set is interesting in its composition and the tunes are played well. Stander is a nice tune and should have been kept in the rotation along with more of Bruce's stuff. Bruce is strong in this show, in many points is the highlight.
The Playin>Dark Star> Drums> Space> Dark Star> Playin is very nice and the Standing in the Moon tease flows nicely into Wharf Rat, when we see a possible reason why the gears were changed. Jerry's voice sounds terrible for the rest of the show as he has trouble getting through Wharf Rat. Perhaps he could not muster the vocals necessary for SOTM - he has trouble with the song in many other shows, so perhaps he wanted something that would be easier on his voice. Just a guess. The TS>NFA is average at best, and the US Blues Encore just might be the worst US Blues ever. Many flubs and it seems as if noone is on the same page.
1st set = 3 stars
2nd set = 3 stars (4 for the first half, 2 for the second)
Sound = 4 stars (I think there's a cut or two in there, but I could be mistaken)
overall show = 3 stars
Reviewer:Evan S. Hunt
June 10, 2007 Subject:
Kudos To Lander, Tim S, Neo Levo & Archives
This presentation gets a 5. The show was strong and the playing was complementary. There are few mistakes with the only real outness being the Standing>Wharf when the band plays an entire measure of Standing before dropping into Wharf. I do not recall ever hearing the boys do that. Yet, every song is robust.
Victim is splendid as well as the Playing>Dark Jam ~ all good. Since I was not on the bus during the 90's I do not have much exposure to Bruce's Stander, but it is a super tune which the GD play very well. I am sorry they ditched this song. I am also sorry that they didn't give Bruce more leeway to throw in one of his tunes more often.
Of course, on just about every show from Sept 90 until well into 91, Phil's bass is at it's growlly, gravely best. I cannot get enough of any show during this era the way they had Phil run through the P.A. and recorded. You can hear every jot and tittle.
May 30, 2005 Subject:
Over the Top.
This show is hardly lackluster. In fact, it is a sublime masterpiece on par with anything from MSG a month earlier really. The Dark Star is superior to the Berlin version, and the show is played in a tight fashion, but still plenty of lucy goosy.
April 4, 2005 Subject:
along with the 2 nights in paris and Halloween I have always enjoyed this run. Jer's voice is a tad shot, but the playing overall and song selection make it a worthy download. Check out the massive SOTM fakeout that suddenly turns into wharf rat. Wonder what that was about?
March 6, 2005 Subject:
that extra night
After sweet talking my boss into another day off we again entered the 'den'. Like Said more a hardened Deadhead show than introduction to. First set favs like FOTD Cold Rain and Cassidy Bruces' Stander . The Jam out of Space worthy of admission. Three magic nights. We'd been recharged.
I had this one on cassette and in great quality. I allways enjoyed it, especially the intro to victom.
June 4, 2004 Subject:
Last Show Outside North America
This was the last night of the European tour and I believe the last time the Dead played outside the US or Canada. However, the band seemed to have fired most of their cylinders on Halloween the night before and as a result give an almost below average show. Sound quality is decent but the playing is rather rough at times. The second set certainly has it's moments though and a portion of Hornsby's post-Drums piano-Space even appears on Infrared Roses. Over all, probably an off night, but oh well!